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Bearing an Hourglass Audiobook

Bearing an Hourglass: Incarnations of Immortality, Book Two

When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap. Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.
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When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - already distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap.

Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.

Don't miss the other books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.

©1985 Piers Anthony Jacob; (P)1996 Recorded Books

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    joe Sterling Heights, mi, United States 08-23-07
    joe Sterling Heights, mi, United States 08-23-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Intricate"

    Second in the series, this is a challenging book to follow, however a must read for those who bite in to the "Luna" saga. Do not miss the authors note at the end! On its own this book doesn't have the punch of On a Pale Horse, but is fill so many gaps needed to truly understand the strange view of Piers' Incarnations. Don't pass this one up, in will entertain as well as educate.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-11-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "OK. Just didn't hold up as well as I remembered"

    This is the second book in the series. It is typical Piers Anthony writing. It is light on character development and more about problem solving. I'd say this is one of those series that reads more like a transcript of a role playing game session than a novel. It isn't bad, it isn't great. It is a passable read. I loved ythis series as a child. Maybe it is more for young adults because it didn't hold up as well as I remember. If you like Piers Anthony you will like this one. If not, you won't. it isn't bad, but it isn't anything to write home about either.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Don Virginia Beach, VA, USA 12-08-07
    Don Virginia Beach, VA, USA 12-08-07
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    "A bit saucy, and full of Zest"

    The second in the series, this story continues w/ the Incarnations and follows the pattern from A Pale Horse. APH was a bit funnier, and BAHG is a bit more science oriented. The devil is up to his usual great tricks, characters are great, science is mostly believable, and the puns are good.

    Can't wait for the next in the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 11-03-15
    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "mind breaking"

    there's some pretty mind breaking concepts in this book. is very well written and George always a delight.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Jones 12-28-15
    R. Jones 12-28-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Hope the rest of the series is better than this"

    The long winded exposition became so tedious and boring that I gave up on this half way through. I enjoyed the first book, and will try the third since I already own it, but this may be the end of my favorable opinion of Piers Anthony. Pedantic does not even come close to describing the tedium of this volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-25-13
    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!

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    "Not Bad."

    I honestly am not sure how to rate this book. It is not bad, do believe I liked "On a Pale Horse" more but I would not say this book was worse than the first one, both were really slow and just interesting enough to keep my attention. The idea that Death, Time, War, Nature, Fate are offices to be held by incarnations is entertaining all by itself. I think this author (based on these first two books) is a Good Person and his writing mimics his own personality... Simple, Organized, OCD. Honestly I think there could be so much more to these first two books.

    If you are into SLOW mellow (very mellow) drama, that plays in the area of magic and sci-fi. Very few PG rated undertones (by today's standards).

    It is books like this that inspire me to write my own. :) And one of the things I do like about these first two book is the Authors Notes on the end. I think it is awesome that he took the time to share. That in itself makes these books worth it to me.

    ...Robert

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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 04-08-13
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 04-08-13 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Well done."

    Bearing an Hourglass is the second installment of Anthony's Incarnations of Imortality series. It is set some years after On a Pale Horse. As the story opens, the solitary, nomadic Norton is enjoying a camping trip when he's paid a visit by a ghost who makes a strange request. The ghost, a young dragonslayer named Gawain who met is demise in battle with a dragon that actually turned out to be a dinosaur, is married to a young woman who lives on and enjoys all the benefits of Gawain's estate in exchange for producing an heir. Gawain's request is that Norton meet the girl and sire said heir. Though reluctant, Norton agrees to meet the young woman, Orlene. He quickly discovers that Orlene has the peculiar ability to see a person's aura, which manifests itself in the form of a glow, and to know the character of that individual based on that glow. Despite his best efforts Norton becomes attracted to Orlene and as Gawain hopes impregnates her. Not long after the birth, however, Gawain reappears with devastating news that ultimately causes Orlene to commit suicide. As compensation, the ghost arranges for the grieving Norton to have the chance to assume the office of Chronos, the Incarnation of Time. Though reluctant, Norto takes up the Hourglass and soon finds himself embroiled in the endless struggle againstSatan, the Incarnation of Evil, who seems bent on discrediting or otherwise neutralizing an influencial senator who could prove to be his greatest foe. Only time will tell if Norton will have what it takes to avoid Satan's subtle snares and keep Seator Kaftan safe from harm.
    All in all this was an excellent story. I've always enjoyed Piers Anthony's writing and George Guidall does a fine job narrating this tale. If ou haven't already done so I heartily recommend this series, particularly the first four books. These are On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, With a Tangled Skein and Wielding a Red Sword. The rest are Being a Green Mother, For Love of Evil, And Eternity and most recently Under a Velvet Cloak, though this last is not currently available from Audible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. Butchko Pittston, PA USA 10-26-12
    C. A. Butchko Pittston, PA USA 10-26-12

    I work to support my dog and reading habits.

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    "Entertainment for the Body, Mind & Soul"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love reading and love science fiction/fantasy, Piers Anthony is the author for you. He is only author that challenges my vocabulary and makes me reach for the dictionary every so often! Well done, Mr. Anthony!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are fun. You care about them.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    The way his voice draws you in...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh!


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    cherrie NORFOLK, VA, United States 10-31-11
    cherrie NORFOLK, VA, United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Time - incarnation series book 2"

    Time is a very powerful incarnation but he has a very difficult job. I enjoyed this book, however, compared to the other incarnation books, this is one of my least favorites. Pierce Anthony is well known for his fantasy and science fiction writing. I think because this was the 2nd book of the series, he had to compromise with the publishers to push such an important series by including what he is best known for. It fits into the story fairly well, but it leaves the character as a whole less developed than the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 02-19-11
    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2015

    i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.

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    "Piers Anthony is the best"

    so far i like everything by Piers Anthony.
    but yes book 1 is the best of all his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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